A man walks past church building near Chitungwiza Town Centre built by Prophet Makandiwa’s UFIC. Photo courtesy of Nehanda Radio.

The Chitungwiza municipality has cleared Prophet Emmanuel Makandiwa’s United Family International Church to complete construction of its mega church in the town.

“Council also acknowledged and accepted your application for the allocation of 19770 in retrospect, where you are already constructing a church. Council has also agreed that you continue your developments on stand number 19770 as the regularisation process continues,” Chitungwiza Municipality acting town clerk, Fungai Mbetsa, wrote to UFIC lawyers, Mushangwe and Company. “I want to thank your client [Prophet Makandiwa] for his continued support for the growth of Chitungwiza Municipality,” he added.

Mbetsa invited UFIC to submit a building plan of stand number 19770 for approval whose fees will be determined by the building inspector. Since the planned use of the stand was recreational open space, Mbetsa said UFIC was required to undertake change of use procedures through a certified copy of ownership of the property.

Zengeza East legislator Mr Alexio Musundire (MDC-T) recently lost a High Court bid to stop construction of the church. The Environmental Management Agency has also tried to stop construction arguing that the building was sited on a wetland.

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